I usually give Lily one capsule a week. I just poke a hole into the capsule (using a push-pin) and squeeze the oil out onto her food. I try to spread it out a bit, since she eats at least half of her food, so she usually gets a good bit of the oil.
It also helps if you know which kibble is your hedgie's favourite.
My boy LOVES his NB Green pea & duck, and will always eat it first and finish it before moving onto his Wellness. And so, I'll poke open a capsule and drop onto only the NB and make sure those get a good soaking. This ensures that he gets pretty much the entire capsule of flax seed.
And I also feed it once a week. Though when he has really dry skin, partway into the week, I'll open another capsule and split the oil. Half directly on his back, and half in his food.
Yes, you might want to use flaxseed then. It's not sticky, and it has no scent (at least not to us big clumsy humans :lol: ). I haven't tried putting any on Lily's back, she seems to do fine with it in her food.
When I first tried flaxseed oil, I used a whole capsule and dumped it on Bas. She was one grease machine and she gave off a slight odour :lol: . Now, every week, I drop one or two drops on her, and empty the rest of the capsule on her food. Thanks for the idea of dropping the oil on the fav food.
lol the only time I use a full capsule onto his back, is when he's still in the bath. :lol:
For the final oil rinse, I put about an inch of water into the sink. I also have a small cup which I use to scoop up the water. I empty the capsule of oil into the cup, add some water, and pour over his back. It's much less gunky and it evenly covers his entire back. ^_^
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